Excel: Your Lookup Table Can Go Across

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Problem: Someone built this lookup table going across the worksheet. How can I use VLOOKUP?

  1. The table is going the wrong way.

    Strategy: The "œV" in VLOOKUP stands for Vertical Lookup. Excel also offers an HLOOKUP for horizontal lookup tables. If you are in a bizarre mood, you could actually use HLOOKUP: =HLOOKUP(B3,$F$2:$Q$3,2,FALSE).

    Alternate Strategy: You will most likely do what I and every other person using Excel does: Copy F2:Q3. Select cell F5. Do Paste, Transpose. This turns the lookup table back so it is vertical. Then you can do a VLOOKUP.


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